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2012 | Status of Arizona- and Alabama-inspired Legislation
A map showing states in which Arizona- and Alabama-inspired copycat laws have been introduced, and their current status.

2011 | Status of Arizona-inspired Legislation
A map showing states in which Arizona-inspired copycat laws were introduced and defeated, or passed, and in which such state laws were blocked by lawsuits filed by NILC and its partners (as of 11/15/11).

Differences Between the Alabama and Arizona Racial Profiling Laws
On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. Arizona, the first legal challenge to a state racial profiling law to reach the highest court in the land. A year after Arizona’s SB 1070 was enacted, Alabama passed its own law, HB 56, which is widely considered to be the most far-reaching anti-immigrant law in the country.

Utah: Going Down Arizona’s Unconstitutional Path
Utah’s “Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act” (H.B. 497) is an enforcement-only bill that copies several provisions from Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 and includes others that lead to the same result — of driving immigrants from the state.  The “Utah Immigration Accountability and Enforcement Act” (H.B. 116) attempts to establish a state immigrant worker permit while also imposing numerous requirements on applicants for the proposed status and heightening employment eligibility verification requirements. This is an overview of some of these bills’ most dangerous provisions.  (3/9/11)

The Anti-Immigrant Movement that Failed: Positive Integration Policies by States Still Far Outweigh Punitive Policies Aimed at New Immigrants
(Progressive States Network, 9/08, PDF)

TABLE | 2005 State Legislation Restricting Benefits for Immigrants or Promoting State and Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws (PDF)